Council History

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20 Years of Storytime

20 Years of Storytime

Coffs Harbour Libraries is celebrating 20 years of Storytime with a special storytime and cake...

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Naming Rights

Naming Rights Sponsor

Coffs Harbour City Council is seeking a Naming Rights Sponsor for Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium, currently known as C.ex Coffs International Stadium...

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Around the World

Young People - Have Your Say

Council is keen to hear from young people about how they would like to contribute to the planning of services and facilities within the LGA...

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SummerSalt

Big Names Coming to Coffs

The news that SummerSalt will be bringing some of Australia’s biggest music names to Coffs Harbour in February 2019 has been greeted with delight...

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First Sikh Temple

First Sikh Temple Receives Historic Recognition

The First Sikh Temple in Woolgoolga – the earliest example of a purpose-built Sikh temple in Australia – is to be designated as a place of local historical interest...

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Cultural Civic Space

Cultural and Civic Space – Next Stages

A well-established approach to the design and construction of the new Cultural and Civic Space has been adopted by Council to help cut the potential risk of escalation in costs or completion time...

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Council History

​​Local government began in our region in 1906 when the Dorrigo Shire was established. Thomas O’Neill was the first Shire President, Mr WJ Hawthorne was Shire Clerk, and the Council office was in Mr Hawthorne’s rooms in South Grafton.

At that time, the shire extended from Dorrigo in the west to Coffs Harbour in the east and northward to the Clarence River. The population of the town of Coffs Harbour totalled only 600 people, living in 132 houses.

With Dorrigo Shire covering an enormous area, the decision was made in 1913 to divide it in two. The North Western section became Nymboida Shire, while Dorrigo Shire now encompassed Dorrigo, Coramba, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga and Glenreagh. The headquarters were established at Coramba.

As the town of Coffs Harbour grew, there was increased lobbying for it to be made a municipality in its own right - with the addition of Sawtell from Bellingen Shire. By 1951 the Dorrigo Shire Council headquarters had moved to Coffs, on the site today known as 218 Harbour Drive.​

The new shire of "Coffs Harbour" was gazetted on 30 November 1956 and took in the area from just north of Repton up to Pipe Clay Beach and west to Brooklana. The first Coffs Harbour Shire President was Councillor Harry Bailey.

Purpose-built Council Chambers, staff offices and library were completed alongside a Civic Centre (Town Hall) in Vernon Street in February 1964. Keeping pace with the growth of the town, a new Council administrative building was constructed on the corner of Castle and Coff Streets in 1985. This remains Council’s main headquarters.

In May 1987, the humble Shire of Coffs Harbour was finally proclaimed a City, with Councillor Bernie Malouf as its first Mayor.

The most recent change to the Local Government Area was in 2004, when the communities of Corindi and Red Rock were welcomed into the City of Coffs Harbour after a northern boundary adjustment.